Jerusalem, 11 November 1996


(Communicated by Prisons Service Spokesman)

Administrative detainee Noam Federman is being held at Ashmoret Prison, according to an order by OC Central Command, for a period of two months. Upon his entry to the prison, Mr. Federman refused to undergo a preliminary medical examination, declared a hunger-strike, and is refusing to stand for roll-call. He has, therefore, been sentenced in a disciplinary procedure, and has had his telephone privileges revoked for two weeks.

Until a separate sub-wing is prepared for Mr. Federman, he has been temporarily placed in a wing which is used to house inter alia several HIV-positive prisoners. However, he is being held completely separate from them, in his own cell, at a considerable distance from the HIV-positive inmates, with there being no possibility of contact between them at any time. As soon as the sub-wing is prepared, Mr. Federman will be moved to it. This sub-wing is detached and separated from the wing where he is currently being held.

Administrative detainees including Noam Federman receive various rights, which are occasionally more generous than those given to convicted prisoners. These include:

A. An administrative detainee is held separately from convicted prisoners and those awaiting trial.

B. An administrative detainee does not wear a prison uniform and is entitled to wear his or her own clothes.

C. An administrative detainee receives the same food as the guards at the facility where he or she is being held.

D. An administrative detainee is entitled to purchase goods from the facility canteen.

E. An administrative detainee is entitled to two hours’ walk daily in the facility yard.

F. An administrative detainee is entitled to possess a Bible, Koran or New Testament (according to his or her faith) and such religious articles as are necessary for prayer.

G. An administrative detainee is entitled to receive books and newspapers, as determined by the facility warden.

H. An administrative detainee is entitled to a family visit by a parent, spouse, child or grandchild, or sibling, once every two weeks.

I. An administrative detainee is entitled to meet with an attorney.

J. An administrative detainee is entitled to send and receive letters via the facility warden.